Monday, May 23, 2016

Latin Proverbs and Fables Round-Up: May 23

Here is a round-up of today's proverbs and fables - and for previous posts, check out the Bestiaria Latina Blog archives. If you are looking for free copies of my books, you can find links to all of them here: Fables, Proverbs and Distichs — Free PDFs.

HODIE (Roman Calendar): ante diem decimum Kalendas Iunias.

MYTHS and LEGENDS: The art image for today's legend shows The Judgment of Paris; you can also see the legends for the current week listed together here.


3-WORD MOTTOES: Today's 3-word motto is Nolo servile capistrum (English: I refuse to wear the slave's halter).

3-WORD PROVERBS: Today's 3-word proverb is Inscitia confidentiam parit (English: Ignorance breeds confidence).

RHYMING PROVERBS: Today's proverb with rhyme is: Intima per mores cognoscimus exteriores (English: We know a person's inner being through his external habits).

VULGATE VERSES: Today's verse is Ambulate dum lucem habetis ut non tenebrae vos comprehendant (John 12:35). For a translation, check out the polyglot Bible, in English, Hebrew, Latin and Greek, at the Sacred Texts Archive online.

ELIZABETHAN PROVERBS: Here is today's proverb commentary, this time by Taverner: Sub ipsius indicio sorex perit: The Rat dieth by utteryng of her self. This Proverbe toke the beginning of the propertie of this vermin for the Rattes be wonte to make a noyse muche more than mice do, and do more rumble about and make a noysom crieng while they gnaw candels endes or such other trifels to whiche noyse many men harkeninge forthwith though it be in the darke night throw at them and to kill them. Semblably many men and women there be which by theyr owne noyse, and be wraying of them selves, seke their owne bande and destruction.

BREVISSIMA: The distich poster for today is Lex Omnibus Una. Click here for a full-sized view. I'm sharing these with English translations at Google+ now too.

And here are today's proverbial LOLcats:

Iratum noli stimulare.
Do not provoke someone who is angry.

Re magis quam specie.
The thing itself rather than appearance.


FABULAE FACILES: The fable from the Fabulae Faciles widget is Formica Alata, a story about being careful what you ask for (this fable has a vocabulary list).

MILLE FABULAE: The fable from the Mille Fabulae et Una widget is Avara et Gallina, another fable about unintended consequences.

Mulier et Gallina Obesa

Growth Mindset Memes. For more about this growth cat, see this blog post. Altius tendo. I will go higher.